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Forum topic by cabbie posted 12-12-2014 08:46 PM 861 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cabbie

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12-12-2014 08:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mesquite logs debark question

Lumber Jocks-
I need some help trying to figure out how to de-bark and carve/finish mesquite logs that I want to use for fireplace mantels.
Any ideas or experiences would be really appreciated.
THANKS!
PS-I’m also saving several pieces for converting into lumber for various projects—should be fun, as it’s really beautiful when finished.

-- Jim, Altadena, CA


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#1 posted 12-12-2014 10:08 PM

power washer works on cedar logs, what do you mean by carve / finish

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 10:43 PM

Draw knife, carving tools, and oil/varnish.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 01:05 AM

gagewestern-
By carve/finish I meant that the bark has to be removed, but I want to preserve the “live edge” look. To do that you need to smooth out the natural contours, add some contours if it’s too plain, and round over any crevice sharp edges.
I think an oil-varnish or oil-poly outer finish will work well, but I’m certainly open to any other suggestions.

Also-after the log comes out of the log saw where the mantel gets its’ basic shape, the bandsaw marks can be fairly rough. I’m thinking that a hand-held power planer and a belt sander should work to do the basic smooth-surface work. It’s all the contoured surfaces I need help with.
Thanks!
Jim

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#4 posted 12-13-2014 01:34 AM

My neighbor used a hand sander for a 20” X 13 foot slab. He gave up after about 6 hours of torture. I use a hand plane then use a belt sander then hand sander. I leave the bark on and just take off the loose stuff. Try this topic they deal alot with live edge. Here

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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